DIY black­head reme­dies for vi­brant skin

A black­head blitz be­hind closed doors will get things un­clogged

Life & Style Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - with Jody Allen

IHATE black­heads. Black­heads are sim­ply hair fol­li­cles that have be­come clogged with dirt and oil and re­flect the light to show a ‘black head’.

Here are some of our best black­head treat­ments you can do in the pri­vacy of your own home, that don’t cost a for­tune.

Make your own pore strips: In a mi­crowave proof bowl place one tea­spoon of ge­latin and one tea­spoon of milk and mix to­gether (if too dry add a few more drops of milk). Mi­crowave on high for 10 sec­onds. When the mix­ture is cool enough ap­ply it to the trou­ble area (the nose is a great place to start).

Wait 10 min­utes for it to set and pull away gen­tly from the skin.

Scrubs: Scrubs will gen­tly ex­fo­li­ate your skin with­out be­ing too harsh. Lemon Scrub – This lemon scrub is gen­tle and also tones your skin. Add two ta­ble­spoons of lemon juice to a ta­ble­spoon of white sugar, and ap­ply the mix­ture to the area and very gen­tly (us­ing cir­cu­lar mo­tions) ex­fo­li­ate the area. Rinse and mois­turise as nor­mal. Just note that if you use lemon on your skin it can make your skin more sen­si­tive to UV rays and you may get sun­burnt.

Black­head treat­ment masks: For nor­mal to dry skin types, nat­u­ral yo­gurt mask – Make a paste of one ta­ble­spoon of plain yo­gurt with two ta­ble­spoons of rolled oats. Ap­ply to cleansed and damp skin and wait 10 min­utes or un­til to­tally dried and re­move with a damp cloth. Do­ing this in­ex­pen­sive mask at least once a week re­ally helps get rid of that ex­cess oil.

Cu­cum­ber mask – Grate some cu­cum­ber and ap­ply to your face (you might need to be ly­ing down for this one). This mask is re­fresh­ing and a great pick-me-up suit­able for all skin types.

For oily skin: Beat an egg white un­til foam­ing and mix enough rolled oats to make a paste and ap­ply. Brew some green tea and let it cool in the fridge, and use it as an af­ter mask toner. Nice and gen­tle.

Cook­ing some rice? Save the rice wa­ter – it makes a ter­rific face mask and is great for black­heads, white­heads and pim­ples.

A mask made from a paste of bi­carb and wa­ter is great for pim­ples on the chest and up­per arms. Be very gen­tle if you use this on your face.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­


You’ll find all the in­gre­di­ents for an in­ex­pen­sive home fa­cial in your kitchen.

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